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Web Poster Color (collage from Releasing Her Archive) © Owa Barua
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Releasing Her Archive (Auckland Live Digital Stage) © Carol Brown
Lost & Found directed by Carol Brown & Thomas Kampe © Kasia Pol
Releasing Her Archive © Kasia Pol

Releasing the Archive

Dancing the Soma-Ecstatic

In this workshop we release the body as archive to access soma-ecstatic practices. Drawing upon the embodied legacies of exiled Viennese modern dancers Gertrud Bodenwieser and Hilde Holger, we contemporise these through somatic and choreographic approaches. Participants will develop eccentric and demanding vocabularies that include organic, entangled and grotesque forms. Activating embodied traces of movements held in the corporeal, visual and written archives of lost dances from Vienna, the workshop asserts the possibility for dance to remain rather than disappear. Expanding the concept of re-enactment through creativity, critique and bodies in conflict, we move between cultures, times and places. Forging new varieties of expression for future choreographies through this somatic enquiry we explore how movement codes can be recovered to politicise time.

Carol Brown and Thomas Kampe have been collaborating since 2014 on an international project revitalising the corporeal legacies of exiled dancers from Austria. Their performance and screen works have been presented in collaboration with The New Zealand Dance Company and for international dance and screen festivals and exhibitions. Their work is presented at the Theater Museum as part of the exhibition, Alles tanzt. Kosmos Wiener Tanzmoderne.

ARTISTBIO: Carol Brown

Choreographer and artistic director Carol Brown creates performances that attend to contemporary body politics through the creation of collaborative environments. Carol Brown Dances was founded in London in 1999 during a Choreographic Residency at The Place Theatre. Inter-disciplinary, often site-specific and digitally augmented, Carol’s work is renowned for its experimental collaborations with music, architecture, science and media design. Trained in the Bodenwieser Method in New Zealand by Shona Dunlop-MacTavish, Carol has pursued an ongoing project of research into the dispersed legacy of Jewish choreographer Gertrud Bodenwieser and her dancers who went into exile from Vienna in 1938. Through commissions, touring and residencies her work has evolved a distinctive grammar that continues to speak through this legacy with its emphasis upon breath, sculpting space and political dance-dramas. Major collaborations include the durational solo, Shelf Life created with visual artist Esther Rolinson (Roma Europa Festival 2000); the interactive dance-architecture The Changing Room with architect Mette Ramsgard Thomsen (Dance Umbrella 2005); Tongues of Stone with performance designer Dorita Hannah (Perth Dancing Cities 2011) and PAH with Gillian Whitehead and Star Gossage (Auckland Arts Festival 2015). Most recently Carol created the eco-feminist performance and film "LungSong" for the EcoWest Festival 2019. Carol has been awarded the Ludwig Forum International Art Prize, the Jerwood Choreography Prize and a NESTA Dream Time for her work and contributions to dance. Carol Brown is Head of VCA Dance at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.

ARTISTBIO: Thomas Kampe

Thomas Kampe has worked with dance, theatre and movement for the last 30 years as performer, choreographer, director and educator. Thomas has taught somatic-informed dance approaches towards in different settings around the world. He worked for 13 years with Austrian Ausdruckstanz pioneer Hilde Holger in London, and currently works at Bath Spa University as Senior Lecturer for Acting. He has worked as a movement director for theatre across the UK. International theatre, dance and performance for camera collaborations have included work with Liz Aggiss, Laura Belem, Carol Brown, Hilde Holger, Manuela Jara, Rosemary Lee, Julia Pascal, Colin Poole, Tanzinitiative Hamburg, and ‘Blackhole-Factory’. He is a qualified teacher of the Feldenkrais Method® which forms a foundation for his teaching, artistic practice, and research on Critical Somatics. He is the editor of the International Feldenkrais Federation Research Journal (IFF), Vol. 6 on Feldenkrais and creative practice, and co-director of Body IQ Festival Berlin 2019.


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